Teaching

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Chris currently has two teaching locations, in Palo Alto and in Mountain View. He offers professional lessons in classical guitar for young and old. Individual lessons are supplemented with group lessons, providing opportunities where they can have fun making music together and also prepare them for regular performance opportunities. At an appropriate level, the students are encouraged to come together in various ensemble formations, also with other instruments! This program is affiliated with a highly successful violin school, offering age appropriate ear training and theory lessons. To read about the violin program, visit suemannviolin.com. For inquiry about guitar or theory lessons, contact Chris at chris@chrismannguitar.com

 

 

Some kind words:

“Christopher has been my guitar teacher for over a year. I found him through a music school in my neighborhood, because I was looking for someone to teach me to play classical guitar.

I had started to play guitar elsewhere but was still very much a beginner when I signed up for private lessons with Chris. I most appreciated his patience and his empathy, and of course his knowledge and expertise. We had good rapport, not least because of his great sense of humor. It is obvious that he loves his instrument and enjoys teaching.

When I had trouble with something—for instance, my sense of rhythm wasn’t well-developed, and my fingers are too short to effortlessly play certain chords—he was conscientious and helpful in finding solutions, and often showed me several alternatives or gave me helpful advice. He always took care to explain or show things. I was never afraid, pressured, or felt as if I strained his patience. At the same time, he had high standards and expectations, and motivated me to get better. He values rigor and quality more highly than teaching you lots of songs.

I have greatly enjoyed studying with him and was sad to hear that he’s leaving Berlin. Wherever he goes, I am sure his students will appreciate his musical and pedagogical talents.”

Silvia Truebiger, Berlin

 

Chris is a great teacher! I decided to learn to play the guitar at the
tender age of 31 so that I was a bit nervous if it’s going to work out.
But Chris just knew how to introduce me to that wonderful instrument.
I’m very motivated now and very happy that I had the chance to have the
very first lessons with Chris! I strongly recommend him as a teacher 🙂

Natalie

 

“Herr Mann unterrichtete Schuelerinnen und Schueler im Alter von 8 bis 12 Jahren. Mit grossem Engagement arbeitete Herr Mann mit den Schuelerinnen und Schuelern, so dass diese von seinem Koennen sehr profitierten. Neben dem Unterricht in Kleingruppen, bereitete er die Schueler sehr gut auf das Ensemblespiel vor. Sowohl in einem grossen Schuelerkonzert in der Philharmonie als auch in den Sommer- und Weihnachtskonzerten, die unsere Schule jaehrlich veranstaltet, praesentierten die Schuelerinnen und Schueler ihr bei Herrn Mann erlerntes Spiel. Wir bedauern es zutiefst, dass Herr Mann diese Arbeit an unserer Schule nicht fortsetzen kann und wuenschen ihm fuer seine weitere berufliche Taetigkeit viel Erfolg.”

Director of a school in Berlin